2. George’s impact behind closed doors for the Clippers is severely underappreciated
In addition to his accomplishments for the LA Clippers, Paul George is seen as a ‘true’ professional. He is not only one of the most selfless players in the league, but George’s craft is dedicated to improving the Clippers’ organization.
Off the court, George has played a significant role in developing players like Terance Mann, Brandon Boston Jr, and Amir Coffey. Each player was either un-drafted or a late second-round pick who had to learn under the wings of the Clippers’ star players.
Additionally, George helped save the career of his best friend and current teammate, Reggie Jackson. He knew that Jackson had the talent and skill to play in the NBA, and he pushed the Clippers to make the signing. This decision has significantly benefited the franchise, as Jackson has been a cornerstone piece over the last few seasons.
Moreover, George has constantly taken accountability for the team’s miscues. He mentioned to Clipper fans that he would get his play together, and he did just that. If that wasn’t enough, George also spoke about holding it down until Leonard returned.
There have also been countless times when the Clippers faced adversity, and George leaped forward to guide the team. Their recent game against the Cleveland Cavaliers is a perfect example. Norman Powell mentioned post-game that in a time of need, George showed his veteran leadership and encouraged his teammates that the game was still winnable, despite the deficit. The Clippers went on to win this game behind George’s exceptional guidance.